Tuesday Grab Bag

Sasha’s on vacation getting tan and eating brie & nectarine sandwiches. Meanwhile, I’m here in Canada crying into a hunk of Treselle mozzarella cheese from No Frills.

Related: why the heck is it so cold right now? Autumn, you’re acting like that one friend who shows up early to the party while I’m still in my underwear making onion dip. Go to the convenience store or something!!

Anyways, since it’s just me and my tears, here’s a Grab Bag. The first song is about shivering in the freezing cold. SASHA COME BACK 2 ME.

Warm On A Cold Night – HONNE (London) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Time Machine – Palace Winter (Copenhagen / Melbourne) Soundcloud | Facebook

Palace Winter is a collaboration between Caspar Hesselager of My Heart The Brave/Rumour Said Fire and Carl Coleman of Sink Ships. They met when Carl opened for Caspar’s band during a tour in Denmark in 2013. I love how warm and welcoming this track feels, building momentum through layers.

 

Houses – Fantastic Fantastic () Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This track reminds me a little of Kangaroo Court by Capital Cities (which is also hella catchy and in the same key signature). Fantastic Fantastic is a UK summer pop duo.

 

Actually, while we’re at it, can we just take a moment to listen to Kangaroo Court? I love that song so much.

 

Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities (Los Angeles) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

I love putting this song on my running playlists (LOL “running”; haven’t done that in a few weeks) because it’s got a really good tempo for warmups and cooldowns.

 

Garden GraysWildcat! Wildcat! (Los Angeles) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This song has a great clav entry, and reminds me of Sasha because it’s so upbeat and positive, with a great surprising key signature change.

 

Let’s slow it down for a second with a new track from Broads from their latest EP, Care & Handling, which came out on July 25th.

Sloe Foresting – Broads (Norwich) Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Nothing lovelier than ambient folk music to slow down your heartbeat.

 

Tattoo – Raindeer (Baltimore) Soundcloud | Facebook  | Twitter

Reminds me a bit of Little Fang by Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks or perhaps early MGMT.

 

Statement – Dissolve (San Francisco) Soundcloud | Facebook

A bit of shoegaze from San Fran with sweet female vocals!

 

Take Me Back – Paperwhite (Brooklyn) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Paperwhite reminds me a lot of Chairlift, another great synthpop male-female duo from Brooklyn. Comprised of Katie and Ben Marshall, Paperwhite should appeal to fans of girl-fronted romantic dreampop.

 

Just Once – Shura (London) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This girl can write a love ballad with lyrics like Lykke Li. This track has been my jam all week, mostly because I’ve been in a grumpy mood and taking it out on my poor lil’ Love Interest. He’s such a sweetheart and I’m an evil hag. SORRY BB.

 

That’s all for now! If you or a friend wants to submit music to Music Between Friends, drop us a line at musicbtwfriends [at] gmail.com

TGIF Playlist: July 4, 2014

Another playlist where the order doesn’t even matter because all the songs are awesome, take a listen below:

  • Obsessed with this Lykke Li, No Rest For the Wicked remix with A$AP Rocky, makes me a little less depressed than the original.
  • Lowell’s The Bells has hands down become my summer jam. I Love You Money is just as upbeat and awesome as Bells, it also uses the crap out of a clap track, which I love. To me, it’s a girl power/feminist filled pop song, insert *raise the roof* emoji.
  • New Zealander Yumi Zouma‘s The Brae is a current favourite, it has really airy vocals, kind of an 80s, Breakfast Club vibe. 
  • I know i mentioned Adult Diversion last week and it’s all over Indie88, but I’m just in a big Alvvays kick right now.

That’s all friends, hope you all have a great weekend and for those in ‘Merica hope you have a great 4th of July!

 

TGIF Playlist: March 28, 2014

I was pretty much listening to the same stuff over and over again last week, which is awesome for me (it’s actually one of my favourite things) but I don’t think posting the same songs every day really works for the blog so I scrapped last weeks TGIF playlist.

I’m back today though, mostly with new releases from bands you probably already know: Lykke Li, Born Ruffians, Black Keys, St. Vincent, etc. so take a listen below for those and have a great weekend!

  • Am I the only one picking up a street-vibe from the Born Ruffians? Because I’m not mad at it. and even though Oh Cecilia is being released as a bonus track, I think it would have been a stand out on their last album had it made the cut.
  • This Jarbird song may be the only ‘new band’ feature on this week’s list, I’ve only spotted the one song on their Soundcloud page, but I can’t wait to hear more.
  • The original track is a beautiful slow-jam, but I wanted to switch it up with a remix. If you’re looking for music that reminds you a little of Sade, or a female vocalist equivalent of a Bon Iver with less heartbreak, definitely check out more of Rhye’s music.  Bonus points for half the band being Canadian,
  • I think this may be my favourite new release by St. Vincent right now.
  • I like Black Keys best when they’re a bit more gritty, so I wasn’t blown away with this song, but take a listen if you haven’t already. Maybe I was misled by the album teaser for Turn Blue because it was a little psychedelic and dark and weird, so I’ll wait to see what else they have to release. Not sure if this was maybe a safe choice single?

That’s all I’ve got! If you’re looking for round up of all the songs I’ve been listening to this month, click through for my March 2014 playlist.

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New Lykke Li!

If you were doing a before-bed Instagram check like me last night, you probably noticed that Lykke Li was flooding your feed with clips of her singing a new song. Today she released that full track, No Rest for the Wicked, and the girl can write a heartfelt, soulful song like no other.

What I’m really looking forward to with this new album is some uptempo songs I can dance around my apartment with my sister friends to (think Dance, Dance, Dance or I Follow You). Judging from the album title, I Never Learn, I’m not so sure I’m going to get what I’m looking for… but we’ll see what happens come May 5 when the album is released. Either way I’m pumped for some new music from this Swedish bombshell.

#MusicVideoMonday Dillon’s Tip Tapping

This #MusicVideoMonday is brought to you by Berlin born singer Dillon.

I’m not a big fan of saying a musician sounds like another musician because people (myself included sometimes…) can pre-judge based on you saying they “remind you of…” so-and-so.  Or they can get disappointed when the referral doesn’t live up to their expectations, but this particular song by Dillon sounds so similar to Lykke Li  that I can’t help associate the two, and I happen to think being compared to Lykke Li is a massive compliment since I’m a fan… Both singers are European stunners with great style and enviable beautifully unique voices, so, hopefully no offense is taken by Dillon, and Lykke Li lovers can fan-girl over another singer.


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I also suggest taking a listen to Dillon’s other song, Thirteen Thirty Five — this one’s actually my favourite that I’ve heard so far (but it doesn’t have an official music video so it wasn’t as relevant for today…) so take a listen below.